We all know a lot about the most problematic aspects of parenting: getting up during the night, doing all the extra chores, not having much time to yourself, etcetera. But there are other aspects of the job that rarely get mentioned, though they are hard to manage. But what are these unexpectedly tricky aspects of being a parent?   Watching Endless Reruns Of Children’s TV Programmes Kids have a different taste in TV programmes to adults, to put it bluntly. And while parents tell themselves that they don’t mind the tenth rerun of Noddy or Thomas the Tank Engine, they secretly… View Post

Dear Little Man, I love writing these letters for you and your sister to read when you are older but oh my, it feels like I just wrote your 5th birthday letter! So, tomorrow you are 6! This also means that I have been your Mum 6 whole years too, I think we have got on okay don’t you think? As I sit here writing this the day before your birthday all I can feel is pride. This year you have shown the world what you are really made of. No longer the quiet little boy who turns away when… View Post

The summer holidays are nearly over and it’s time to start thinking about getting the kids back to school. This year I can’t wait to see Little Man heading off into Year 1 as he enjoyed last year so much. However last year I was a worried mess, wondering how he was going to cope. Being a new school mum can be pretty daunting too; there is a lot to remember, think about and keep up with along with making sure that your little one is happy and enjoying school. There are a few things which I wish I had… View Post

For this years summer holiday we decided to go for familiarity. We had visited the Parkdean site Ruda in Croyde, Devon twice last year and completely fell in love with the area. We did look at other options of places to go but we couldn’t resist going back this year. As a family we are big fans of UK caravan holidays. They aren’t for everyone but for us they are perfect. Little Man especially loves staying in a caravan and as a family we love Devon and Cornwall. We have visited quite a few Parkdean holiday parks now and they… View Post

Dear Heidi, I have just written your sisters 2nd birthday letter and now it’s time for yours. As I sat down to write this the familiar physical ache appeared in my chest. I think it’s my heart hurting, my heart letting me know that there is a piece of it missing. I still don’t have the words to describe how it feels to have lost you. How after getting used to having twins and being frightened of it but then having it ripped away from you can be the most debilitating feeling. How grief can be felt physically and how… View Post